Shimane is where timeless history and culture live.
It is home to Izumo Grand Shrine, famous for marriage, in Izumo, which flourished as a mythical country. After paying your respects, it is time to enjoy some Izumo soba.
Izumo soba, which began as an offering to worshipers at Izumo Grand Shrine, has a dark color, aroma, and chewy texture that is popular with tourists.
In addition to Izumo, there are also Matsue Castle, a designated National Treasure in the prefecture and the Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine, a registered World Heritage Site.
Shimane also has many scenic spots along the Sea of Japan.
Among them is the Kuniga Coast of Nishinoshima Island of the Oki Islands to the north of the Shimane Peninsula, that offer a spectacular landscape of cliffs and magnificent nature.
Staying on the Oki Islands at a guest house made from a kominka old Japanese-style house is recommended.